About the Darling Marine Center

The Darling Marine Center is a proud part of the University of Maine, the state’s Land and Sea Grant University. Since its founding in 1965, the DMC has been an active center of marine research, education, outreach. The DMC brings unique strengths and opportunities to UMaine by virtue of its waterfront facilities, resident expertise, and the surrounding community.

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The Darling Marine Center waterfront laboratories.

The DMC welcomes scientists and students from UMaine and around the world throughout the year to the campus in Walpole, Maine. Our location and facilities enable scientists and students to easily engage in field and laboratory studies of coastal and marine ecosystems. In addition to supporting university research and education, the DMC also actively engages with fishermen, aquaculture entrepreneurs, marine industry professionals, and community members through collaborative research, workforce development, and business incubation programs.

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Safety is important to us, whether our students and scientists are in the lab, on the boat, or under the water. Our emergency procedures, safety policies, and training protocol are all available online.Whenever you visit the DMC,  please check-in at the Visitors’ Station in the Horse Barn lobby. The Horse Barn is the second building on the left. There you will find information for visitors including campus maps and safety notes. To check-in, please sign the guest book.

The Ira C. Darling Center for Research Teaching and Service, now commonly referred to as the Darling Marine Center,  was established in 1965 upon the generous donation of a coastal estate to the University of Maine with the purpose of establishing a marine laboratory. The visionary donor was Mr. Ira C. Darling from Kenilworth, IL. To learn more about Mr. Darling, DMC history, and the families who lived and worked on Wentworth Point from the late from the 18th to the 20th centuries, follow the links below.

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The Darling Marine Center upper campus.

Land Acknowledgment 


Mr. Ira C. Darling

DMC Highlights

Our 50th Anniversary

Wentworth Point History Bulletins


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